“Glory to God, Glory to God!”
“He died for you! Will You let Him in your heart?”
On my drive home from work I was stopped at a light about a block away from my house. Immediately I heard a voice trumpeting from the sky – “Glory to God! Glory to God!”
I looked up at the clouds for a moment and then I looked over to the corner of the intersection and saw a man shouting out Gods love through a megaphone at passing cars. I was smiling while thinking about the guts this man must have to get out and do such a thing. I wondered how many people would think he is crazy and then I asked myself “Is he crazy?”
I came to the conclusion that he is in fact crazy… crazy for Jesus – and then he caught me. The man with the megaphone turned and saw me smiling at him. He took a few steps toward my car and pointed his finger at me – “Jesus died for you!”
He made it personal – and with the point of a finger he singled me out. Deadlocked on me in rush-hour traffic he raised the megaphone to his mouth and shouted again “Jesus died for your sins, will you let him in your heart!?” He stared at me as if waiting for an answer. (It’s moments like this that I wish I had my own megaphone so I could have told him that I’m already saved.) I continued to smile at him and nodded. He took his finger and made the symbol of the cross along his chest and then gave me a thumbs up. I gave him a thumbs up back.
After some reflection I’ve realized that it’s not about guts for this man, but love and love does seemingly crazy things. We’ve all heard stories of men who want to shout their love for a woman from a mountain top – well this man was shouting his love for Jesus from a megaphone.
Is it an effective method to spread the message? I don’t know – but when he pointed at me and laid the focus of his message on my shoulders, I felt something. Surrounded by many other cars and people walking on the sidewalk, the man with the megaphone zeroed in on me and shouted out a truth that I already fully believe – yet it pierced like an arrow. Sometimes we need a reminder… sometimes I need a reminder. Sometimes I spend so much time discussing and debating theology that I lose the message – Jesus died for me.
Then it occurred to me – If I love Jesus too, why am I not shouting it out from a mountain top, or a rooftop, or from a megaphone on a street corner? After all, if His followers don’t shout out for Him, who will?
40 “I tell you,” Jesus replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
His method is certainly unorthodox in our culture and I’m sure he was shrugged off and laughed at by many, but if his arrow hit my heart and caused me to think – perhaps it hit the heart of another who hasn’t yet made a decision for Christ but will because of it. Keep shouting the message megaphone man!
I’ll leave you to reflect on lyrics of a song I used to sing in youth group – “Ain’t no rock, gonna cry in my place! As long as I’m alive I’ll glorify His holy name!”